Monthly Archives: September 2012

Villa Flow, East-Bali’s Best Kept Secret

I posted already a few times about places in the East of Bali. In Karangasem you find the beautiful rice paddies, the chocolate and soap factory, restaurant Bali Asri in Gelumpang village, near the town of Amlapura and White Sand Beach. Yes, we love visiting East Bali… And when we are in the East, we always stay in the stunning boutique hotel villa Flow.

Villa Flow is located on a hill and the magnificent view takes your breath away. The main villa is stylish decorated, the guestrooms are beautiful and the Coconut house is a great wooden house. From all the rooms you have panoramic views. On the premises you also find a large gazebo for your massage, pedicure, manicure or to follow yoga lessons.  Of course they have a great swimming pool but one of the greatest things on this premises is the very large organic garden. All meals they serve consist of fresh organic fruit and vegetables, directly picked from the garden. The owners love to give you a tour of this wonderful place…

And we are not finish yet…  villa Flow also has its own private beach at the ocean, it is in walking distance so do not miss it. A great place to relax late afternoon and watch another Bali sunset enjoying a nice cocktail.

It is a great pleasure every time to stay in villa Flow. The relaxing atmosphere, the beautiful environment and lots more… Yes, Villa Flow is East-Bali Best Kept Secret for sure!

I add a few photos of villa Flow to this post, but if you want to see the beautiful guestrooms and more you have to go to their website

Boutique Hotel Villa Flow
Seraya-Barat, Karangasem, Bali
Phone: +62 82 145242733

The main villa and the huge swimming pool

Coconut house from below

The roof terrace

Panoramic view from the roof terrace

The stylish decorated television room…

and verandah

The amazing organic garden

and Villa Flow’s private beach…

with lots of green

Restaurant il Warung, Italian Indonesian food

Tucked away between hip and trendy shops at jalan Raya Seminyak you will find restaurant Il Warung an Italian Indonesian restaurant.

By accident I discovered restaurant Il Warung. Strolling and shopping in jalan Raya Seminyak I walked into a very small street between two shops. I was happily surprised, because I didn’t expect what I saw at all. I had the feeling I walked into an Asian fairytale, the place looks beautiful and is so colorful.

Restaurant Il Warung is surrounded by little boutiques but In the back of the restaurant you will find a big copper bar and an open kitchen, great design… The colorful Balinese umbrella’s, the Buddha statues, the copper tables and seats with colorful cushions all the Asian details that makes the place so beautiful.

I felt sorry I did not bring my camera with me, but I would come back to make pictures for the weblog.

And the food… the food is yummy. The first time I had a seafood salad and the second time a beef burger. If you live in Asia, it is delicious that you can eat Western food now and then. Restaurant Il Warung is the place were they have it both, Italian and Indonesian food…

Don’t miss this place if you are in Seminyak, Bali!

Restaurant Il Warung
Jl. Raya Seminyak (between Why Not shop and Bamboo Blond shop)
Seminyak, Bali

The entrance of restaurant Il Warung

The colorful Balinese umbrellas and cushions

The bar and kitchen made from copper

Great details like the umbrella holder and beautiful statues

Poleng the Color of Bali (2)

I posted already an item about poleng some time ago. Because poleng fascinates me, here some other photos. Poleng… Black and White, Ying and Yang, Good and Bad…

Many ceremonies took happened recently. I saw Balinese people in white- and in colorful clothes but a lot of poleng was also used. In daily life the Balinese use poleng for sarongs and flags, but also to dress temples, big trees and big rocks. As clothing for dancers or umbrella covers.  And today they even use poleng for fashion and accessories in modern style.

Yes, poleng really belongs to Bali…

Poleng important for temples

During Ogho-Ogho, the evening before Nyepi day 

Temple Ceremony in villa Blubambu 

Poleng creates a shadow place

Tough guards in poleng

Ogho-Ogho paper statues covered by poleng

Men wearing poleng during cremation gathering

Poleng for fashion and accessories in modern style

Buddha jewelry for Blubambu Foundation

It’s been awhile since my last posting on my weblog. At the moment I’m too busy making jewelry.

I make Buddha necklaces for our foundation, Blubambu Foundation.  The complete profit, 100%, of the jewelry we share amongst the people in Indonesia who need help, like handicapped children, poor farmers, street children, etc.

The jewelry is for sale at CARLA PALERMO, Huidenstraat 4 (de 9-straatjes) downtown Amsterdam, The Netherlands and in Bali at villa Blubambu in Gang Melon, jalan Abimanyu, Seminyak.

If you are in Amsterdam or Bali take a look at the Buddha necklaces and if you buy one you will make someone very happy. (sorry for my non Dutch reading followers, the site is in Dutch but don’t hesitate have a look!)


Buddha heads made from bronze in silver color…

and in gold color

Tassels in bright colors…

and in simple colors

Also in the collection Ganesha’s, lucky frogs and lucky elephants…